Suruga-chō, Evening View of Mitsui Bank with Mt Fuji from the series Famous Places of Tokyo: Past and Present

Iris and Kingfisher, Ōsumi Sakurashima and Saigō Nanshū from the series Ryūsai manga
 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Suruga-chō, Evening View of Mitsui Bank

with Mt Fuji

from the series

Famous Places of Tokyo: Past and Present

by Utagawa Hiroshige III, 1883

Akasaka kinokunizaka from the series Famous Places of Tokyo: Past and The Present


IHL Cat. #1284

About This Print

Sources: website of The Fitzwilliam Musem http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/gallery/japan/gallery/textA.htm and the website of the National Diet Library http://www.ndl.go.jp/landmarks/e/sights/saruwakacho/

Pictured is the Mitsui Exchange Bank building, its flag proudly flying, along Suruga-chō, a street famous for its views of Mt. Fuji and Edo Castle. The bank building was designed by Kisuke Shimizu II (二代清水喜助,1815-1881) and completed in 1874.  The stone walls of the Castle are visible at the far end of the street. This view is very similar to the below triptych designed by the artist in 1874.  For still another view of the Mitsui Bank see this collection's print Picture of Mitsui Group's Western-style Three Story House at Surugacho, Tokyo by Utagawa Kuniteru II (IHL Cat. #342.)

The hustle and bustle of Suruga-cho/Formation of the national banking system, 1874 

This collection's  print presents us with the present view (今) of Suruga.  The matching past, or old (古), view can be seen in the top half of uncut oban-size sheet, shown below.   The top print provides us a "past" view, when the area was filled with merchant shops, many of them marked with the Mitsui crest.

It is one of at least 32 views, contained on 16 uncut oban-size sheets, in the series Famous Places of Tokyo: Past and Present.
古今東京名所: 駿河町三井両店寿る賀町三井銀行夕景の富士

The Series: Famous Places of Tokyo: Past and Present
A series of at least sixteen uncut oban-size sheets depicting a past or old (古) view on the top sheet, and present or now (今) view, on the bottom sheet, of a particular area of Tokyo. Many of the views are similar to those found in Hiroshige's One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Meisho Edo hyakkei). 

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #1284
 Title or Description Suruga-chō, Evening View of Mitsui Bank with Mt Fuji
 Suruga-chō Mitsui ginkō yūkei no Fuji 猿る賀町三井銀行夕景の富士
 Series Famous Places of Tokyo: Past and The Present (Kokon Tokyo meisho 古今東京名所)
 Artist Utagawa Hiroshige III (1842–1894)
 Signature
廣重画 Hiroshige ga 
 Seal no seal
 Publication Date
March 1883 (Meiji 16, 3rd month)
 Publisher
Tsujiokaya Bunsuke 辻岡屋文助 [Marks: pub. ref. 548, seal no 25-267]
The cartouche shown immediately to the left, and appearing in the left margin of the print, contains the publishing information and reads:
出板人横山丁三丁目
二番地辻岡文助 Shuppanjin Yokoyamachō Sanchōme 2-banchi Tsujioka Bunsuke.

 Carver 
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - ragged trimming to left margin, light wrinkling of paper due to removal from backing
 Genre meisho-e
 Miscellaneous
Markings in upper right hand corner of the print, indicating that the print is number 13in the series and represents the present, or now (今), view.
 Format chūban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 
 7 1/8 x 9 1/2 in. (18.1 x 24.1 cm)
 H x W Image
 6 9/16 x 8 11/16 in. (16.7 x 22.1 cm)
 Literature 

 Collections This Print
The Agency for Cultural Affairs Cultural Heritage Online, The Postal Museum Japan 164906
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